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History of Child Sexual Abuse and Age as Mitigating Factors in Prison Sentencing

Poster Session IV - Board: IV- 036
Friday, May 28, 2010, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
APS Exhibit Hall

Caralan M. Berndt
Thompson Rivers University

Reid Webster
Thompson Rivers University

This study investigated the influence of the offender’s age and history of child sexual abuse on sentencing for sexual assault. Regardless of age, offenders with a history of childhood sexual abuse were seen in a more sympathetic light, but only youthful offenders were seen as deserving shorter custodial sentences.

Subject Area: General
Keywords: Criminal Justice

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